NFC Notes: Earl Thomas, 49ers, Cowboys


Earl Thomas

A group of ESPN reporters put together some hypothetical trade packages for Seahawks S Earl Thomas from the Cowboys, Chargers and Patriots along with contract extension proposals to justify the trade compensation.

  • Todd Archer proposes the Cowboys sending the Seahawks a 2019 third-round pick and 2020 fourth-round pick for Thomas. His extension offer is a five-year, $62.5 million deal with $25 million fully guaranteed and total guarantees of $31 million.
  • As for the Patriots, Mike Reiss proposes sending the Seahawks G Shaq Mason trading up for Thomas and then signing him to a three-year, $39 million extension with $22 million fully guaranteed and $28.5 million in total guarantees.
  • Eric Williams‘ trade offer for the Chargers includes a 2019 second-round pick and a2020 fourth-round selection for Thomas. His extension comes out to a five-year, $50 million extension with $20 million fully guaranteed and $32 million in total guarantees.
  • Of the three offers, Mike Sando considers the Chargers’ deal to be the best unless the Patriots are willing to sweeten their offer.


  • Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee believes the 49ers’ quarterback position is the most vulnerable spot on the team, should an injury occur to Jimmy GaroppoloOutside of quarterback, Barrows considers the offensive tackle position to also be vulnerable.
  • Despite 49ers’ veteran WR Pierre Garcon not playing well so far through offseason practices, Barrows still expects Garcon to total around 1,000 yards receiving as the No. 1 option.
  • Though Barrows could see undrafted CB Tarvarus McFadden landing on the 49ers’ practice squad, he believes McFadden could push for a spot on the active roster if he plays well in training camp and the preseason.
  • According to Barrows, it’s too early to tell how effective recently signed veteran CB Richard Sherman will be this year.
  • Barrows names 49ers G Joshua Garnett as the most prominent player on the team most in danger of being released, as he’ll need to hold off OL Mike Person and Jonathan Cooper for a starting role.
  • Barrows also writes that the 49ers were one of 26 teams on-hand to observe Virginia Tech Adonis Alexander during his Pro Day on Wednesday.


Cowboys DC Rod Marinelli believes new DBs coach Kris Richard has a future in the NFL as a head coach.

I love it. I love it,” Marinelli said, via ProFootballTalk. “He’s going to help not just the secondary but the whole defense. Great energy. Great teacher. Upbeat. Bright. Like I said before, I think for me personally that’s the best guy we got in all year.

Marinelli went on to compare Richard to Steelers HC Mike Tomlin and former Bears and Buccaneers HC Lovie Smith.

No question,” Marinelli said. “He’ll be like a Mike Tomlin, Lovie Smith, guys I’ve been around who became head coaches. He’s got the right stuff.

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